16 March 2017
The latest IREG forum was held at Qatar University, Doha, from the 12th to the 14th of March. There were 120 participants from all continents with a particularly strong presence from Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. The theme of the conference was “Excellence as the University Driving Force” and there was a total of 23 addresses and presentations.
Among the leading rankers and academics present were Ben Sowter of the QS Intelligence Unit, Ying Cheng of the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, Murat Cerit Pakir of University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) of the Middle East Technical University, Oleg Solovyev of The Round University Rankings of Russia, N. V. Varghese of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Research, India and Riri Fitri Sari of the GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, Universitas Indonesia. The two principal suppliers of data on research: Clarivate Analytics and Elsevier (Scopus) were also represented at the IREG Forum.
At the closing of the meeting Jan Sadlak, President of IREG said it was the best ever forum for facilities and arrangements and this was unanimously agreed. There was also wide and positive coverage in the national and regional press.
Within the main theme there were discussions on topics such as the overall concept of excellence and in different regions and disciplines and the development of new rankings. A presentation by Waldemar Siwinski of the Perspektywy Education Foundation of Poland revealed that there were now 100 rankings around the world, including 40 global and regional rankings, suggesting that there is a continuing need for events like this.
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